Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Common Cuckoo, Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan
April 2008

The Common Cuckoo is distributed throughout most of Europe and Asia during the breeding season and it migrates to southern Asia and Africa during the northern winter. It is found mainly in forest and woodland but can be seen in more open habitats.

Common Cuckoo, Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image They are in Bhutan from March to August and winter further south in Asia.

Upperparts are grey as are the head and throat. The belly is white with black bars and on the sub-species C. c. bakeri seen here, the black bars are wider than on other sub-species to the extent of being about the same thickness as the white. The other feature of this sub-species is that it is a darker grey than the others. Note also the yellow eye-ring.
See also my page on this species in Europe where you will notice the thinner dark bands on the belly.
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